Thursday, 20 June 2013

Questions (74)

Michael McGrath

Question:

74. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the number of additional staff recruited by Revenue to assist with administration of the local property tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29958/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am advised by Revenue that staffing for Local Property Tax (LPT) was sourced from internal redeployment of staff and from the engagement of some temporary resources at clerical officer level (TCO). In regard to additional permanent staff, 29 were redeployed to Revenue from the Public Service Resource Panel. In regard to the TCO deployment to support the LPT Branch during the peak period, 86 staff were recruited on a phased basis from mid-February 2013 to mid-May. I am further advised that the resource savings to be realised from the transfer of Revenue's payroll operations to the shared service environment will provide an additional 18 permanent staff for the LPT Branch by August 2013. Finally, it will not be possible for Revenue to fully determine the staffing resource required to support the administration of LPT on an ongoing basis until it has bedded down and become a normal part of Revenue's annual business plans.